Friday, April 21, 2006

Blog gives first-time author "hope"

Had dinner last night with one of my oldest friends. He is also a first-time author, having published and sold an impressive number of his teaching memoir, 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny.

The book has done quite well, but of course he wants it to do even better, thus making it easier to secure a second book deal.

He told me that he thinks blogging has been very helpful to keep the momentum going on his book. When he Googles his book he always finds new mentions of his book in some blog somewhere. So it lets him know that people are still buying and reading his book...and spreading the word.

He thinks it helps the book.

But he also thinks it helps the author. As he put it, "It gives me hope. Makes me feel like the book isn't dead."

Blogs giving hope to an emergent artist.

Not bad.

PS-yes I did tell him about the existence of blog-specific search engines which might make his hope-inducing ego-searching more efficient.)

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